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Life And Mission Of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas


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Life and Mission of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas

(Founder of Tabligh-e-Jamaat)


by Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi


Tablighi Movement was started by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas (1886-1994) in 1927 among the Meos of Mewat region south of Delhi, India. This movement was a response to degeneration and degradation  of the Muslims in India. The maulana had realised that the Muslims were drifting away from the basics of Islam so there was a need for a teaching vehicle aimed at the vary basics


His Motto was  'Aye Musalmano, Musalman bano' (Muslims, become Muslims). He began reforming them through six basic articles:


1) Understanding the true Meaning and Purpose of the first Kalimah (there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger),
2) Salah (Namaz) (offering five-times daily prayers)
3) Ilm (acquiring knowledge) & Dhikr (remembrance of Allah)
4) Ikram-e-Muslim (respect for Muslim)
5) Ikhlas-e-Niyat (faithful intention) and
6) Tabligh (spreading the message of Allah) Enjoining the Good and Forbidding the Evil

The Tabligh Movement is Probably the Largest Organised Muslim Movement in the World Today, it's yearly Ijtema's (Gatherings) can attract hundreds of thousands of people. Although most Tabligh members are Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi, but the Ijtema now attracts believers from the Middle East, Turkey, and from as far afield as Japan, western Europe and north America.

The Author Sheikh Syed Abul Hasan 'Ali Nadwi, one of the most prolific writers and original thinkers of our time, author of well over fifty books in various languages, and a scholar of rare distinction, passed into the mercy of Allah in  December 1999.

The Maulana was a founder member of the Muslim World League (Rabita), a member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), a member of the World Supreme Council of Mosques, and a member of the Fiqh Council of Rabita. He was also a member of Advisory Council of the Islamic University of Madinah al-Munawwarah, a member of its Supreme Council, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters of Damascus, Syria. He was also a founder member of the League of the Islamic Literature in India. Perhaps better known as the founder member and first rector of Nadwatul Ulama (India), and president of the Academy of Islamic Research and Publications.


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